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Introducing AskPDF – the New AI PDF Summarizer by Xodo

Jan 30 2024

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We’re excited to announce the beta release of our brand-new AI PDF Summarizer integrated into Xodo – AskPDF!

In this groundbreaking release, we're adding powerful AI capabilities to our PDF Editor. Imagine getting an accurate summary of your PDF content and getting answers to your questions within seconds.

AskPDF is your personal AI PDF assistant, ready to enhance your PDF experience as you view, annotate and edit your PDF files. And we can’t wait to show you what it can do!

Before we get into the big reveal, please note that AskPDF is in Beta release, so you must sign up for a free Xodo account to enjoy exclusive access to this feature in full. But don’t worry – you can still get a limited look at what AskPDF has to offer first.

Try AskPDF Free

Ready to chat with your documents? Let's give it a go!

How to get started with AskPDF

Once you’re signed in as a free user with Xodo, it’s easy to get started with AskPDF.

1. Simply go to Xodo’s PDF Editor.

2. Click on the Ask PDF button in the bottom right-hand corner.

3. Ask your question about your PDF.

4. Get your PDF summary response.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, asking any additional questions you may have.

AskPDF AI PDF Summarizer chat interface

The new AI PDF Summarizer works exactly like you’d expect it to where you type in your prompts, questions, and queries and you receive a response almost instantly.

AskPDF Features 

Right out of the gate, AskPDF comes with some advanced AI features that’ll help you better understand your PDFs. With AskPDF, you can: 

  • Quickly summarize PDF content
  • Ask questions about your PDF content
  • Get linked reference pages
  • New chat history for every PDF
  • Take advantage of Chat app features

Let’s get a closer look at your new PDF AI assistant!

Summarize PDF content

With a simple question about your document, you can get a quick, concise, accurate summary of your PDF content.

Summarize PDF content with AI using prompts

Simply type in a prompt like “What is this PDF document about?” and you’ll get a synopsis within seconds. Perfect for quickly scanning long PDFs and getting that first glance over its content.

Ask a specific question about your PDF

You can literally interview and ask our PDF Summarizer direct questions about the content of your PDF file and get answers on the spot.

Asking specific questions in AskPDF AI PDF chat

This can be an effective research trick to start getting the information you need without getting lost in the content of dense PDF text. All it takes for AskPDF to speed up your research is a specific question.

Go to specific pages referenced by AskPDF

Need to see the actual page AskPDF is mentioning? AskPDF is advanced enough to reference the responses it provides you with and includes links to the source pages in your PDF.

AskPDF’s response with linked page source references

Click on the reference links provided by AskPDF in the chat window and you'll instantly be directed to the specific page with the information you need.

New chat history for every PDF

No two PDFs are alike and so it makes sense that each chat you have with individual PDFs is different. Once you close out of a PDF, your AI PDF chat history chat clears.

So be sure to copy your chat history by clicking on the copy icon so you can paste and retain that information in a document or notepad. 

AskPDF’s AI PDF chat copy feature

You then get to start from scratch with a clean slate and focus your chat on a new PDF separately. Stay organized, efficient, and avoid the confusion of which responses belong to which PDF.

Chat app features

To help you quickly dive in, AskPDF starts you off with some ideas on how to start digging into your document. So if you’re new to the world of using AI on your PDFs, you can quickly try out some of our suggestions to get your feet wet.

Suggested prompt options from AskPDF chat bot

Generate a summary, list keywords, or find out what the main goal of the document is. Whichever suggestion you try, you can get a good feel for how the AI PDF chat works on your PDFs.

How to get the most out of AskPDF – Quick Tips and Tricks

To get you off on the right foot with AskPDF as your PDF assistant, we’ve got a few tips that can make all the difference with how you chat with your PDF. Here are a few things you can do to ensure you get the best results:

  • AskPDF works with native PDFs and can't generate any answers for scanned content. You can use PDFs that have been OCR’d, but the accuracy of responses will depend on the quality of the OCR conversion itself and the scanned PDF.
  • Use well-structured, organized PDF documents. Having a PDF that is coherent with proper headings and straight forward layouts usually produce the best results.
  • Be precise with your questions and their context. AskPDF can answer questions only according to what is in the PDF text.
  • As a signed-in free user, you’re limited to 3 questions. Any incorrect responses generated will also count against your usage limit. However, you can increase this limit when you sign up as a Pro user – you’ll get 20 questions!

Send us your feedback: share your AskPDF experience

From quick queries to deep dives into your document, AskPDF is your new go-to PDF tool to get the hard part of your work done. Join up with Xodo as a free user and sign in to see AskPDF in action!

Remember that this new feature is still in beta, so you’ll experience issues here and there. However, it will improve and get more advanced once fully released.

That being said, we’d love to hear your feedback and how AskPDF is helping you. Give AskPDF a try and let us know about your thoughts and experiences over at our Feedback and Support Portal.

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